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Results 1–20 of 7186 for speaker:Baroness Hughes of Stretford

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, this Bill rehearses a number of themes with which we are all very familiar because we know they are important to improving the outcomes for children in care, and it revisits those themes with further measures. While we would all welcome the opportunity to improve the system even further, it is at the same time dispiriting that we need to return to these issues because the outcomes...

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 Dec 2015)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I really meant that, in the event that the provisions of government Amendment 24 were to be invoked because an academy was either coasting or failing, what did the Minister envisage would be the timescale to get it back on track?

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 Dec 2015)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to respond to the amendments in this group after our deliberations in Committee. Before doing so, I apologise to the House: I very much wanted to take a full part in this debate, having raised many of these issues in Committee, but I have a personal appointment first thing in the morning in Manchester which I must keep. I am afraid that I have had to book a...

Education and Adoption Bill — Second Reading (20 Oct 2015)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Eaton, and hear her response to my noble friend Lord Blunkett’s maiden speech. It is a particular pleasure to be here to hear my noble friend’s maiden speech. They both have a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for promoting the well-being of children and young people over a long period. The objective outlined by the...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: Would the noble Baroness like to explain to the House the relevance of the point she has just made to the topic under discussion here today?

Employment: Gender Equality — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the United Kingdom gender gap, in the light of the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2014.

Employment: Gender Equality — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I thank the Minister for her Answer, but it does not seem to relate to the reality of the situation. In 2006, after a lot of progress, the UK was ranked ninth in the world on the global gender gap rankings. This year we are 26th, and we have fallen out of the top 20 for the first time in decades, largely as a result of women’s pay falling dramatically and the decrease in their labour market...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I very much agree with the noble and learned Baroness. In doing so, I ask the Minister to give thought to taking away the government amendment to come back at Third Reading with a composite amendment that deals with the two issues that my noble friend related in moving the amendment. The issue of definition is as important as the issue of where this matter is located in law. There...

Schools: Teachers — Question (24 Jun 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, since the Minister seems to agree that good qualifications, including good degrees, are essential for good teaching, can he explain why the Government have made it legal for academies to employ unqualified people as teachers? Given this, can he assure the House that his department is monitoring the extent to which academies are doing so? How many unqualified people are now working...

Schools: Bad Behaviour — Question (25 Mar 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, does the Minister agree that a strong PSHE programme is essential to inculcating good behaviour both in and out of school? Is it not another good reason why the Government should put a much stronger emphasis now on PSHE and require all schools to prioritise and improve their PSHE teaching?

Schools: Academies — Question (4 Mar 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the decision to remove 10 academies from the E-ACT Academy chain, what action they are taking to ensure that other chains are managing schools satisfactorily.

Schools: Academies — Question (4 Mar 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the question here is not individual academies but chains that have been allowed to take over very large numbers of schools. In fact, it is reported that E-ACT, the subject of my Question, has now lost control of 10 of its 34 schools—a third after damning Ofsted inspections of those schools. Over the weekend, we heard that another big chain has claimed £1 million for so-called...

Travel to School: Rural Areas — Question (26 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, does the Minister accept that since the Government abolished the education maintenance allowance and the adult learning grant, the problems young people in the 16 to 19 age group face in getting to college, training and apprenticeships have become much worse? As she said, the role of the local authority in supporting travel costs in particular is discretionary. Although some fund...

Schools: Careers Guidance — Question (25 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, despite the Minister’s claims, Ofsted, the Education Committee, the British Chambers of Commerce and the CBI have criticised the Government’s hands-off approach to careers guidance. The CBI said recently that careers advice is on life support now in many schools in England. Does the Minister accept that it was wrong to give schools sole responsibility for careers advice but no...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, for agreeing to lead on this issue from the Cross Benches. He has been exemplary in the way that he has taken this forward once the issue arrived in this House. I also thank him and the Minister for their recognition of my very good friend Paul Goggins, who is a great loss to the other place and particularly to the cause of improving the lives...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, if you consider the amendments on young offenders that will have been added to the Bill in total when it is enacted and compare that to the position when we started—the complete exclusion of young offenders from any of the provisions on special educations needs—you can appreciate the enormous journey that has been made. I welcome that the Government have, in the end, listened to...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is always understandable, in our relief at seeing positive improvements to the Bill, of which this is one of the most important—we talked about social care before—that noble Lords welcome them, and so do I. However, I am mindful of the persistence and doggedness that it took to get to this point not only here but in the other place. I do not want to take anything away from...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I understand what the Minister has done with these amendments, and I welcome the fact that we finally have recognition that, as the noble Lord, Lord Nash, admits in his letter of 31 January, there is an individually owned duty to provide services to disabled children where they are assessed under Section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. I also recognise that...

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (3 Feb 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, as the Minister himself just said, Ofsted has a crucial role in improving the standards of attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils. Does he therefore agree that its effectiveness depends on it being a very strong and independent organisation? Does he therefore regret the political interference of the Secretary of State in the reappointment of the current chair of Ofsted, who by...


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